Guinea Bissau forward, Joao Mario says his side is not afraid of the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of the 2O23 AFCON qualifer match against Nigeria.
According to Mario, football is a 50-50 game, and that the Super Eagles will be given as quite the respect they deserve.
The Guinea Bissau side will take on the Super Eagles on Friday, 25 March in Group A match day three fixture at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
Both teams will meet again on Monday, 27 March for the return leg with the Guinea-Bissau hosting the Super Eagles.
Speaking ahead of the game, Mario said the spirits among the Guinea-Bissau players are high, adding that they are ready to face Nigeria.
“Our mood is magnificent, you can tell the fact in the first training in Abuja despite the long journey we made. But with this spirit that we have trained, I think it will enable us to be ready for the game,” Mario was quoted on the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation Facebook page.
“The dimension of the country’s name, with its players, does not move anything with the players of Guinea-Bissau, because nowadays football is 50-50 and we will enter the field to do our jobs, respecting the opponent and I repeat we will do our jobs.”
This will be the second time both countries will be facing each other at senior level.
Their first meeting was at the group stage of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon where the Super Eagles won 2-0.
Guinea-Bissau are second behind the Eagles with four points after victory against São Tomé and draw with Sierra Leone.